BTN.com staff, December 22, 2011
No. 2 Ohio State drilled Miami (OH) (recap) and No. 19 Michigan put away Bradley (recap) in a BTN doubleheader Thursday night. In other action, No. 20 Michigan State dropped pesky Lehigh (recap), No. 24 Illinois lost to Missouri (recap), Iowa topped Boise State (recap), Minnesota held off North Dakota State (recap), Northwestern fell at Creighton (recap) and No. 18 Indiana flattened UMBC (recap). Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, recaps and video in this post.
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Indiana 89, UMBC 47: BOX | AP RECAP | SCOREBOARD
FINAL: Christian Watford scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Cody Zeller added 13 points and six boards as they teamed up to lead No. 18 Indiana to an 89-47 victory over Maryland-Baltimore County on Thursday at Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Indiana (12-0) shot 47 percent from the field (26-of-55). The Hoosiers were hot from long range, hitting 11-of-27 threes for a 41 percent night from beyond the arc. Indiana went 26-of-37 from the charity stripe as a team (70 percent). The Hoosiers crashed the offensive glass effectively, grabbing 12 offensive boards. Indiana held Maryland-Baltimore County (1-10) to 32 percent shooting from the field and grabbed 27 defensive rebounds, while only allowing eight offensive rebounds. Matt Roth shot 4-of-6 from the field and scored 14 points for the Hoosiers. Indiana also got a double-digit game from Jordan Hulls, who scored 16 points. The Retrievers also got double-digit games from Chase Plummer, who scored 10 points and Ryan Cook, who contributed 10 points. The Hoosiers won the rebounding battle en route to victory, pulling down 39 boards to 23 for Maryland-Baltimore County. Indiana led 12-10 with 12:30 to go in the first half before it widened the margin to 23 points with a 25-4 run that ended with 3:42 left in the first half. Zeller finished the run off with a field goal, which helped Indiana lead 37-23 at halftime.
HALFTIME: Maryland-Baltimore County went on a 9-0 run to close the gap late in the first half and now trails No. 18 Indiana 37-23. The Hoosiers have the lead at halftime due in large part to their ability to get to the foul line. Indiana shot 17-of-23 free throws in the first 20 minutes. The Retrievers went into a funk with the score 16-12, going 3:02 without a point while the Hoosiers went on a 9-0 run to open up a 25-12 lead. Indiana has been effective inside, making 7-of-12 two-point field goals, but the Hoosiers have struggled on the perimeter, shooting 14 percent (2-of-14) from three-point range. Indiana distributed the ball with six assists on nine field goals in the first half. Eight Indiana players have scored. The Hoosiers' Cody Zeller already has seven points and five rebounds. Maryland-Baltimore County's Ryan Cook had a big first half, with five points.
Michigan 77, Bradley 66: BOX | AP RECAP | SCOREBOARD
FINAL: Evan Smotrycz scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lift No. 19 Michigan to a 77-66 win over Bradley on Thursday at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. The teams traded the lead 11 times in the game. Michigan (10-2) made the extra pass all game long, tallying 25 assists on 31 baskets. The Wolverines also got double-digit performances from Tim Hardaway Jr., who scored 16 points, Jordan Morgan, who scored 15, Trey Burke, who had 12, and Zack Novak, who scored 11. Taylor Brown contributed 17 points, corralled five rebounds, and knocked down 6-of-11 shot attempts for Bradley (5-7) in the game. The Braves also got solid contributions from Walt Lemon, who contributed 16 points, Dyricus Simms-Edwards, who had 10 points, Shayok Shayok, who scored 10 points, and Jordan Prosser, who had 10. The victory extends Michigan's winning streak to five games.
HALFTIME: It was a fluctuating first half for No. 19 Michigan and Bradley, who handed the lead to each other seven times and enter the break tied at 33-33. Trailing 9-6, the Wolverines used an 8-0 run to blow past the Braves and take a 14-9 lead. Michigan played team basketball in the first half, to the tune of 10 assists on 12 field goals. Bradley applied the pressure in the first half, earning second-chance opportunities with nine offensive rebounds, to just three for the Wolverines. Michigan's Zack Novak already has nine points. The Braves' Shayok Shayok had a big first half, with eight points and six rebounds.
Minnesota 63, North Dakota State 59: BOX | AP RECAP | SCOREBOARD
FINAL: A run lasting across the halftime break allowed Minnesota to defeat North Dakota State 63-59 on Thursday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Minnesota (12-1) trailed 27-24 late in the first, but went on a 17-5 run over the next 6:11 to take a nine-point lead. Ralph Sampson III picked up the offensive burden for the Golden Gophers, finishing with 15 points. North Dakota State (8-3) can look to its performance from the charity stripe as one of the factors in its loss, as the Bison shot 50 percent (7-of-14) from the line. North Dakota State started the game out strong with a 14-2 run, which allowed it to take a 12-point lead in the first. Eventually though Minnesota came back and took the lead, 28-27, on a free throw by Maverick Ahanmisi. Rodney Williams was 5-of-7 from the floor and chipped in 14 points for the Golden Gophers. Minnesota shot 15-of-24 from the free throw line. More Minnesota scoring came from Ahanmisi, who had 13 points. Dylan Hale had 13 points for the Bison in the game. Taylor Braun shot 5-of-8 from the field and scored 13 points for North Dakota State. The Bison also got a double-digit effort from Lawrence Alexander, who added 11. The Golden Gophers were more effective from the floor, shooting 46 percent (21-of-46) to North Dakota State's 43 percent (23-of-53). With the win, Minnesota extends its winning streak to six games.
HALFTIME: North Dakota State came out strong with a 14-2 run in the first 5:15 of the half, but Minnesota leads 32-29 at the half. The game was tied before the Golden Gophers went into a funk, going the next 4:18 without scoring, and allowing the Bison to take a 14-2 lead in the first. Minnesota put the clamps on North Dakota State's three-point game, and the Bison may try to work the ball inside more in the second as North Dakota State made 64 percent of two-point attempts (9-of-14) and 25 percent (3-of-12) from long range. Taylor Braun, the leading scorer this season for the Bison, has not made much of an impact through the first 20 minutes. The sophomore is averaging 14.1 per game for the year, but has just three points at the break. The Golden Gophers' Ralph Sampson III already has 10 points. North Dakota State's Dylan Hale had a big first half, with 10 points.
Creighton 87, Northwestern 79: BOX | AP RECAP | SCOREBOARD
FINAL: Doug McDermott scored 27, grabbed five rebounds and handed out five assists to help No. 21 Creighton past Northwestern 87-79 on Thursday at the CenturyLink Center Omaha in Omaha. Both McDermott and Grant Gibbs played well for Creighton (10-1). McDermott knocked down 10-of-14 shot attempts and drilled 3-of-5 three-pointers. Gibbs had three points, hauled in eight rebounds, and dished out 11 assists. The game was a shootout, as both teams were hot from the field. The Bluejays shot 53 percent (30-of-57) and Northwestern (10-2) shot 50 percent (29-of-58) during the game. Creighton shot 12-of-21 from three-point range during the game, good for 57 percent. The Bluejays also got double-digit performances from Antoine Young, who had 13, Jahenns Manigat, who scored 11, Gregory Echenique, who put up 11 points, and Ethan Wragge, who scored 10. Drew Crawford contributed 31 points and went 12-of-16 from the field for the Wildcats in a losing effort. Northwestern shot 9-of-22 from three-point range during the game, good for 41 percent. The Wildcats also got double-digit contributions from John Shurna, who contributed 21 points and Davide Curletti, who had 10 points. Winning the battle on the boards was crucial for Creighton as it grabbed 31 rebounds to 21 for Northwestern. The Bluejays trailed 33-25 with 5:26 to go in the first half, but an 11-0 run allowed them to take a three-point lead with 55 seconds left in the first half. Wragge capped the run off with a field goal that helped the Bluejays lead 37-36 at the half.
HALFTIME: Antoine Young and Doug McDermott combined for a successful first half as No. 21 Creighton leads 37-36 over Northwestern. Young scored nine points and shot 4-of-5 from the field. McDermott scored nine points and shot 3-of-4 from the field. Drew Crawford is filling up the statsheet for the Wildcats, with 19 points. The Bluejays controlled the boards, outrebounding Northwestern 14-7 in the first half. Creighton trailed 33-25 when it broke out for an 11-0 run to overtake the Wildcats and seize a 36-33 lead. The Bluejays moved the ball in the first half, accounting for 12 assists on 15 field goals. Northwestern demonstrated its offensive efficiency by racking up 11 assists on 16 baskets.
Iowa 81, Boise State 72: BOX | AP RECAP | SCOREBOARD
FINAL: In a game featuring several runs by both teams, Iowa outlasted Boise State 81-72 on Thursday. There were 14 lead changes in the game. Roy Devyn Marble sparked Iowa (8-5), as he contributed 18 points in the victory. Aaron White had a quality shooting game, nailing 6-of-8 shots from the field and scoring 17 points. The Hawkeyes hit 49 percent of their field goals (26-of-53). Iowa shot 24-of-30 from the free throw line. More Iowa scoring came from Matt Gatens, who contributed 16 points and Melsahn Basabe, who had 14. Kenny Buckner scored 18 points and made 9-of-12 shots from the floor for Boise State (9-4) in the game. The Broncos shot 47 percent from the field (29-of-62). Boise State was hot from long range, hitting 8-of-18 threes for a 44 percent night from beyond the arc. The Broncos also got double-digit performances from Derrick Marks, who had 17 points and Thomas Bropleh, who scored 12.
HALFTIME: No one has managed to wrest control from the other team, with Iowa and Boise State trading the first-half lead 10 times. Right now the game is tied 33-33. The Hawkeyes trailed 6-3 when they broke out for an 8-0 run to overtake the Broncos and seize a 11-6 lead. Boise State has been able to make the most of its chances from long range, hitting at a 44 percent clip (4-of-9). Seven Boise State players scored in the half. Iowa's Aaron White already has 10 points. The Broncos' Kenny Buckner had a big first half, with 10 points.
Ohio State 69, Miami (OH) 40: BOX | AP RECAP | SCOREBOARD
FINAL: No. 2 Ohio State used stingy defense to defeat Miami (OH) 69-40 on Thursday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. Ohio State (12-1) held Miami (3-7) well below its season average of 61.9 points per game in the victory. The Buckeyes held the RedHawks to 33 percent shooting from the field, grabbed 25 defensive rebounds, while only allowing four offensive rebounds, and just nine free throw attempts. Ohio State took control of the game right after halftime. Leading 26-19 early in the second half, the Buckeyes used a 29-8 spurt to open their cushion to 28 points in the middle of the second half. Even in defeat, Julian Mavunga came through for Miami with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 8-of-14 shooting from the field. William Buford sparked Ohio State, as he had 18 points in the victory. Ball movement led to 18 assists on its 26 baskets for the Buckeyes. Ohio State also got double-digit efforts from Deshaun Thomas, who had 15 points and Jared Sullinger, who had 11. Brian Sullivan was 3-of-5 from the floor and chipped in eight points for the RedHawks. The Buckeyes never trailed in the game. Ohio State's largest lead was 31, which came with 3:31 to go.
HALFTIME: There were no free points for Miami (OH), as No. 2 Ohio State clamped down defensively in the first half to take a 26-17 going into the break. The Buckeyes didn't trail once in the first half and they also led by as many as 14 points. The game was knotted up when the RedHawks went 3:29 without scoring, allowing Ohio State to take a 11-0 lead with 16:18 left in the first half. Miami has generated more of its offensive production from inside the three-point line, making 6-of-11 two-point field goals and hitting 0-of-6 from beyond the arc. Julian Mavunga and Drew McGhee have carried the RedHawks, scoring 13 of the team's 17 total points. Mavunga has scored nine and McGhee has added four. William Buford is putting together a nice game so far for the Buckeyes. The senior has 11 points.
Michigan State 90, Lehigh 81: BOX | AP RECAP | SCOREBOARD
FINAL: No. 20 Michigan State took control of the game right after halftime and captured a 90-81 victory over Lehigh on Thursday. Michigan State (11-2) trailed 40-37 early in the second half, but a 23-7 run allowed it to take a 13-point lead midway through the second half. The lead changed hands 10 times in a back-and-forth affair. Holden Greiner was a bright spot for Lehigh (9-4) in the loss with 24 points and 8-of-13 shooting from the field. Keith Appling sparked the Spartans, as he contributed 19 points and corralled seven rebounds in the victory. Branden Dawson was 6-of-10 from the floor and chipped in 14 points for Michigan State. The Spartans shot 32-of-39 from the free throw line. Michigan State crashed the offensive glass effectively, grabbing 21 offensive boards. Draymond Green stuffed the statsheet for the Spartans with a double-double. He scored 16 points and hauled in 10 rebounds. More Michigan State scoring came from Austin Thornton, who scored 11. The Mountain Hawks went 23-of-30 from the charity stripe as a team (77 percent). More Lehigh scoring came from C.J. McCollum, who put up 19 points, Mackey McKnight, who scored 14, and Gabe Knutson, who scored 14 points. Michigan State won the rebounding battle en route to victory, pulling down 47 boards to 28 for Lehigh. The Spartans have now won 11 straight games with the victory.
HALFTIME: No one has managed to wrest control from the other team, with No. 20 Michigan State and Lehigh trading the first-half lead nine times. Right now the Mountain Hawks lead 38-35. Trailing 11-5, Lehigh used an 11-0 run to blow past the Spartans and take a 16-11 lead. Michigan State had 14 offensive rebounds in the first half, leading to second-chance opportunities. Michigan State got points from eight different players. The Mountain Hawks hit five threes in the first half, shooting 45 percent from deep. Eight Lehigh players scored in the first half. Branden Dawson led the way for the Spartans in the first half, with eight points. Lehigh's Holden Greiner had a big first half, with 12 points.
Missouri 78, Illinois 74: BOX | AP RECAP | SCOREBOARD
FINAL: No. 8 Missouri took the lead with 1:27 remaining on a free throw by Kim English and hung on for a 78-74 win over No. 24 Illinois on Thursday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Meyers Leonard had a good game for Illinois (11-2) in defeat with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Matt Pressey sparked Missouri (12-0), as he scored 14 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and shot 5-of-9 from the field in the win. The Tigers also got double-digit games from Michael Dixon, who scored 18 points, Ricardo Ratliffe, who had 14 points, and Phil (Flip) Pressey, who had 14. Joseph Bertrand was 9-of-9 from the floor and chipped in 19 points for the Fighting Illini. Illinois hit 48 percent of its field goals (31-of-64). The Fighting Illini also got double-digit efforts from Brandon Paul, who scored 19 points and D.J. Richardson, who had 13 points. Illinois pounded the boards hard in defeat as it grabbed 34 to 28 for Missouri. Free throws played a key role in the outcome, as the Tigers not only went to the line 13 more times than the Fighting Illini, but made the most of their opportunities, shooting 19-of-23. Illinois committed 16 fouls and shot 8-of-10 from the line.
HALFTIME: Michael Dixon has 11 points to lead No. 8 Missouri to a 41-30 lead over No. 24 Illinois at the end of the first half. Trailing 7-2, the Tigers used a 12-0 run to blow past the Fighting Illini and take a 14-7 lead. Missouri got points from seven different players. Illinois' Meyers Leonard had four points.
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